Although the challenges of adjunct employment in higher education are many, adjuncting in psychology at MCC is a tremendously rewarding experience: our student population is demographically and educationally diverse, our introductory course is rigorous, and our department is as congenial as they come.
Qualifications: Adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department must have the same academic credentials as our full-time faculty: a minimum of a master's degree in psychology or in a related field (such as counseling, sociology, social work, etc.) that includes at least 30 graduate hours of coursework in psychology. When evaluating the number of graduate hours of coursework in psychology, we accept courses that are clearly represented in the traditional psychology curriculum (such as statistics or child development, generally courses with a psychology department prefix on transcripts); we do not accept courses related to psychology from outside the traditional curriculum (such as a practicum in counseling, typically those lacking a psychology department prefix on transcripts).
To apply for an adjunct position, see the college's job postings web site. Adjunct positions in the department are usually posted beginning in October (for spring semester openings) and February (for fall semester openings), although they may be posted any time we recognize an impending staffing need.
Based on our staffing needs, we are primarily interested in adjunct faculty who are available during the daytime, Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm, to teach introductory psychology, a survey course requiring a strong background in the traditional psychology curriculum. We also staff other courses with adjunct faculty, such as PSY 100, 108, 150, 201, 202, 212 (and with less frequency our other subjects), predominantly during weekdays, and we offer night and weekend courses, though with limited opportunities for new hires.
Benefits and limits of adjunct employment: By contract, adjuncts at MCC may teach no more than 9 contact hours each semester (in our department this typically translates to three courses; the exception is PSY 108, a 1-semester-hour course on APA Style.) Pay depends upon the individual's adjunct rank, which is determined by the Academic Vice President, after recommendation by our department, and is based on the individual's academic credentials and previous teaching experience. Adjuncts share a pooled office with other adjuncts, and are expected to hold at least one office hour each week for each course they teach (for PSY 101 this requirement is fulfilled by tutoring in the Psychology Learning Center; for other courses it may occur before/after class). Adjuncts have access to (limited) professional development funds through the department, an MCC email account, the library's online databases, all college facilities open to ID-card holders, and free parking on the Brighton (but not Damon City) Campus. There are no other contractual benefits.
Course assignments: Adjunct scheduling is managed by the assistant to the department chair (currently, Charlie Clarke). Courses that are not staffed by full-time faculty become available for adjunct assignments. Efforts are made to accommodate individual preferences, and adjuncts with seniority are generally given priority. The adjunct coordinator for the department (currently Celia Reaves) oversees the day-to-day mentoring and supervision of adjuncts.
Absences: In case of an absence, please notify the department chair as soon as possible, and coordinate with the chair before cancelling a class; we can often find another faculty member to cover your class so that it won't have to be cancelled. Note that the college does not permit non-MCC employees to fill in as substitutes in a class. Consult the Psychology Policy Manual (found in the M-drive; see below) for detail concerning pay issues related to absences.
Syllabi (course information sheets) and course learning outcomes (CLOs): Before the beginning of each semester, the college distributes a document listing required syllabus components (such as course title, textbook information, contact information, CLOs, etc.) and learning center, emergency closing, and class cancellation text that are also required in syllabi. If you are unsure about content related to your syllabus, please contact the adjunct coordinator. The syllabus for PSY-101 is written by the department and distributed through the Psychology Learning Center. Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) are descriptions of student achievement outcomes written by the department and approved by the college. All courses are required to pursue the goals set forth by these CLOs, although the specific learning objectives chosen to follow CLO goals are generally at the discretion of the instructor. A database of existing CLOs is available here.
The "M-Drive": Adjuncts in the department have access to the department's password-restricted files on the M-drive, such as the department's policy manual (with detail concerning adjunct rank, pay , promotion, and other topics), or the Psychology Learning Center sub-folder and its repository for teaching supplements for PSY-101. Adjuncts also have access to the semi-public "Courses" folder, where some faculty place files for student access.
To get to the M-drive from on campus, log into any college computer; they all have a "Courses" folder icon on the desktop that you can use as a starting point. Opening this folder takes you directly into the subfolders for the semi-public department repositories accessible by students. Find the PSY folder and you may create a folder for yourself there to place items you might want students to access. Bear in mind that students have a hard time accessing this folder from off campus, so Blackboard might be a better option for class material storage. (Introductory Blackboard training is required to obtain access to the platform. For detail, see the SLN Blackboard Faculty Training page).
Once in the "Courses" folder, navigate up the directories (one step) until you see the folder "Offices" (in a list of: Courses, MCC, Offices, Users), from which you can then select (within "Offices") Academic Services → Divisions → Liberal Arts → Psychology.
From home, or using a personal laptop while on campus, begin by logging into MyMCC and under the "Tech" tab you'll see a link on the left to "MyVPN-Home access" (or just use that direct link). Assuming it works (following instructions for "AnyConnect") you should be able to follow the same path as described above.
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